Olympic Marathon Trials and Houston Marathon

Desiree Davila, Ryan Hall, Abdi Abdirahman, Shalane Flanagan, Meb Keflezighi, Kara Goucher Kim, LaRene and I were in Houston to watch them all run to victory and earn a spot on the 2012 USA Olympic Marathon Team. The course ran through downtown and then made an 8-mile loop, which the athletes ran three times.  This…

Race Report: Napa Valley Marathon

Ran the fabulous Napa Valley Marathon today.  It is fabulous for three reasons: the course (rolling), the organizers (very well done), the location (one of the world’s most beautiful wine regions).  In addition, my running club was out in force today, which meant I ran into friends (pun intended) from start to finish.  I highly recommend this…

2010: Boston, Tahoe, a DNF, a DNS, and a 50K win

I loved this year!  I’ve been on a blogging hiatus since August. However, for my own edification, I really want to capture 2010 because it was terrific. I started the year wanting to become a “strong” (for me) 50K runner, coach, enjoy Boston, and tackle the 100.  I had a fabulous coach in place, an…

Pity Us Runners – the Boston Globe

My friend David recently sent me the article, Pity us runners, written by Jennifer Graham of the Boston Globe. The point of this article is beautifully summed up as: Well, consider the typical marathon training program, which goes something like this: Run. Run more. Run more and more and more. Rest a few days. Run…

Marathon Monday

Today was very cool, to say the least.  I get it now.  I have experienced why Boston is different, the holy grail of marathons if you will.  I don’t have the energy for a race report or sharing of stories.  That will have to wait.  Bottom line, 3 hours and 43 minutes!  A PR by…

Sunday in Boston

It’s 3:30 in Boston and I am hanging out at the Marriott Starbucks, where the wireless is free.  Runners are all around me doing the exact same thing. I started the day with a coffee and jog.  Saw the finish line, Boston Commons, and watched the high school 1 mile invitational.  The weather is still…

Saturday in Boston

Today has been great.  The energy is unbelievable here.  I have never felt so much anticipation for an event.  26,000 runners.  500,000 spectators.  1100 media outlets. In fact, the Boston marathon is second only to the Super Bowl as the most covered single day sporting event. Runners are a wonderful group of people.  We have…

Watch the Boston Marathon Live

I have arrived!  It’s cloudy and drizzling, but the energy is high.  Without knowing, I scored an awesome hotel location.  I am only blocks from the finish line, I can see part of the course,  and my hotel is connected to the Expo.  Meeting my friend in an hour to pick up our bibs and…

Race Report: Bizz Johnson Marathon

Apparently, I have become one of those psychos who complete marathons as training. With no pressure and no time goal, yesterday’s Bizz Johnson trail marathon was one of the most peaceful experiences I have had running. The setting is absolutely serene.  The course is inaccessible by car, making it incredibly quiet.  It starts in the…

Race Report: Top of Utah Marathon

It’s my proudest running moment.  I crossed the finish line of the 2009 Top of Utah Marathon in 3:44:55, qualifying for the Boston Marathon and achieving my goal with a whopping five seconds to spare. I am proud of the moment because I had to dig deep.  I had to convince myself to keep running…

Congratulations SVRC Ladies at Dirt Inspires Women Half Marathon

Congratulations to the South Valley Running Club participants in last weekend’s inaugural Dirt Inspires Women trail half marathon, which took place in the Redwoods of Nisene Marks State Park, Aptos, CA.  Club finishers were Kim, Allison, Kathy and Raina. The course was not easy, scaling 2425′ over its 13.1 miles, including a big ol’ climb…